Ramblings: Binnington, Girard Injured; Rust Re-Signs in Pittsburgh; More Worst Draft Picks (May 22)

Ian Gooding

2022-05-22

Only one game was played on Saturday, but that one game had plenty of significant injury news and overall nastiness beyond the box score.

Avalanche 5, Blues 2 (Avalanche lead series 2-1)

Trade deadline acquisition Artturi Lehkonen led the Avalanche with two goals while taking five shots. Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 of 31 shots in the win.

If there wasn't any bad blood in this series from the first two games, there is now. Jordan Binnington was forced to leave this game after the combination of Nazem Kadri and Calle Rosen crashed into him in the first period. Kadri was not assessed a penalty on the play, which drew the ire of the St. Louis faithful.

After the game, Craig Berube told reporters that Binnington has a lower-body injury and is still being evaluated. However, according to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic, the Blues fear that Binnington may be out for multiple weeks with a possible knee sprain.

Obviously the injury is not upper-body related if Binnington was able to do this:

Goalie controversies may not do wonders for team chemistry, but having a 1A and 1B can come in handy in the event of an injury. The Blu